Park Users On a (Loo) Roll

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By coincidence, two stories on the same subject have arrived today, so the editor though it only fair to publish both!


Has your mum ever said that you’re too wasteful with loo roll? In a park Beijing in China there has been a problem – people have been taking too much toilet roll! But technology has come up with a solution – the authorities have installed in the toilet a face-recognition machine!

This piece of kit scans your face and remembers it, then dispenses a 70cm strip (about six sheets). The machine retains an image of your face for nine minutes. Why? I hear you ask. Well, some workers have been taking extra sheets to use in their homes. Posters were put up to warn the workers against such actions, but these have been largely ignored.

If you are clever, you could, I suppose, just stand there and wait nine minutes, but this may cause a degree of discomfort for those eager to use the loo!

What do you think about this? Is this a good idea?


Nicole, Year 6

Cottesmore Millfield Primary Academy


In China, the staff of a park have created a high-tech face recognition system in the hope of preventing users from taking too much toilet paper – possibly for their own home.

The system uses face recognition in order to limit the amount of toilet paper used by any one person. It lets each user take around six pieces from the machine every nine minutes. This prevents people from taking large quantities for use in their own bathrooms.

The park has had a lot of toilet paper being used, possibly unnecessarily and wastefully, and staff now hopes that their new system will prevent any further shortages of toilet paper.

The machine stores the users’ faces until the nine minutes time restriction has elapsed when more paper can be dispensed. This system should prevent Chinese citizens from stocking up on un-bought toilet paper for their bathrooms.

So, when you go to a public toilet next, be mindful that people need to pay for it, so don’t take too much – unless you really need it.


Charlie, Year 6

Burgh School








5 Responses to Park Users On a (Loo) Roll

  1. Jack March 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Great article Charlie and Nicole, I don’t think I take too much loo roll.

  2. Grace March 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Excellent articles Nicole and Charlie, I never new that there was a problem with toilet roll.

  3. Abi March 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Brilliant article Nicole and Charlie, I think that waiting 9 minutes for more toilet roll is a bit too much though.

  4. Millie March 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Brilliant article Nicole and Charlie. I think it’s a bit silly that you can only have 5 sheets of toilet paper! Both of you did really well and I can’t wait for your next contributions to the YJA website.

  5. Lilia March 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Great article! It seems really silly to have a machine that can remember your face (for nine minutes) and tell you how much toilet roll you need:)